Even man’s best friend needs a place to rest and call his own. But, you’re probably tired of tripping over dog dishes and don’t want to stare at your pup’s bed in your bedroom or living room any longer. If this sounds like you, then it is time to relocate your dog’s stash. From food to toys and everything in between, you can have a place for everything and everything in its place for your dog in the family mudroom. Let me show you how.
Why the Mudroom?
Of all the places in the house, why stash your dog’s stuff in the family mudroom? The mudroom is perfect because it is out of the way and out of sight when you are entertaining company. For the same reasons people are building mudrooms with locker space and cubbies for their kids’ stuff – it makes sense to build in places to keep your canine’s essentials, too.
And when you’re designing that built-in open locker arrangement for the kids, don’t forget a space for Fido. Imagine a space in the middle of your kid’s lockers – with a hook for a leash or collar above and a built-in dog bed below. Make it just the right height and your pup will be able to climb right in for a snooze. Just imagine your dog curled up, comfy and out of the way in his own private sleeping quarters.
Feeding Dishes and Dog Food
Take your built-in to the next level by installing a floor-hugging toe kick slide out drawer for water and food bowls. Pull out the drawer when it’s time to feed the dog; push it in and out of the way after your pup is done eating. Then conceal a slide out dog food bin as part of the cabinetry in the room and you’ve got feeding time completely covered.
When you are planning out your mudroom, remember to dedicate at least one drawer for your dog’s toys and other paraphernalia. Bones, chew toys, nail clippers and medications can all go in one tidy place where you’ll always be able to find them.
Check out great examples for these ideas in the Dogs in Your Mudroom ideabook post on Houzz. With a little bit of inspiration, you can create a mudroom that accommodates your furry family member’s stash – right along side of the kids’ coats and backpacks. You don’t have to spend a lot of money in stashing your dog’s stuff. You just have to know the basics and some essential tips like the mentioned above, so you can do it easily, cost effective and efficiently.